I started off by writing a long spiel about all the shoots, fashion shows and the like throughout the year, but realised I was just rehashing everything that’s already been said in the blog before.
So, for a different approach, I’m going to be revisiting the first shoot of the year and the last. I tend to distinguish my beauty, fashion and studio work from weddings by calling them my “fun” shoots. I do love the wedding photographer part of my job, as I am a hopeless romantic at the best of times, but I did manage to squeeze in some further projects.. I like to think that the skills I learn from these shoots do feed through into my other work.
This year has been a year of ambitious ideas, pushing both my technical and creative skills to come up with interesting and challenging shoots. The seed that started my creative year growing was my idea at the beginning of a statue becoming human.
It’s an old story, Greek myth, opera, Pinocchio even, so I wanted to give things a twist. The idea therefore developed further and became that of a statue in an artist’ studio, painting itself into life. This was my first attempt at a body paint photo shoot,( though I went on to do two more later in the year), so it took me a little out of my comfort zone. The model was also new to being body painted, (though she too went on to do a couple of other projects with other painters/photographers later in the year as well). It was February and the studio was definitely on the chilly side. I’d gone to some effort to provide a setting for the artist’s studio, with a large easel borrowed from an artist’s group in Greenock, an old stool from a local charity shop, a sheet, some brushes, some paints and a small stretched canvas . But sadly, I hadn’t thought to bring some radiators. The studio owner did his best, blasting a furnace heater in between shots, and we kept the model wrapped up as long as we could.
The results were excellent, though I was a little chagrinned when a fellow photographer, Louise Cantwell, rendered a much more creative edit of one of the individual pictures. The piece though was always intended to be shown as a slideshow, showing the development of the statue becoming human in a melancholy time lapse fashion. A little searching online and a reach out to the composer involved, and I was able to add music from Grigor Aliyev that matched the mood of the piece.
Anyway, you can find the resulting slideshow in the video below or here:(link to youtube)
And so, to the end of the year. I’d been wanting to do something a bit more flamboyant, crying out vague ideas about exotic birds and carnivals, the natural subject for the weeks before Christmas. I;d visited a new studio opening in the centre of Glasgow and ended up booking a few hours there on an impulse (any studio that has a MUA to hand is a win/win for the photographer, though you naturally expect to pay a premium). A call out to the wider world and I was fortunate to be working with Tuma. This was our third time working together in 2012. After having seen her in a fashion show by Eris events earlier in the year, we had shot together for Psychomoda’s Tron piece and for my Venus project. A further bit of grovelling and I’d begged a borrow of some of the fabulous headpieces from Fair Feathered Friend.
Once again, it was a cold studio, with the model huddling under a blanket between shots and building a small tent with a radiator within to keep herself warm. A much more relaxed shoot in many ways, as I knew the model had met the makeup artist before and we were dealing with a much less exposed look. Once again, some great shots resulted , one of which graced the cover of my portfolio book for the year.
So that just leaves me with my award speech thankyous for the year, in the full knowledge that I will forget someone, despite my best intentions...
Assistants: Benita Jonsson, Billy Flannery, Stuart McKenzie
Designers: Psychomoda Ladies Clothing, WeLovetoBoogie Vintage, NLM Design, Bluezenn Boutique, Velvet Elvis, Sweet Danger, Fair Feathered Friend, nicci.n, C.Watson, Lady Jojo's Boutique, HandmadeinPartick, Betty Spoke, Claudette, AJR Designs, Joanna Chomicz and Karen Reid Designs.
Models: Jenna McGuiness, Aimee Louise Owens, Tuma Keke Nissi, Jamie Hillen, Neal Stewart Roxburgh, Leeann McCall, Sharon Laird, Nicola Creen, Nisha Chand, KT Matsetse, Nikita Catharina Colje, Anna Elliott, Jen Kelso, Fifi Oliver, Ruth Sarah Mason, Fiona, Sally, Kay Slater, Hazel Martin, Jillian Elizabeth, Aileen Wallace, Eilidh Bell, Stephanie Robinson, Claire Wallace, Debbie Paton, Marco Jonsson, Gemma Chan, Klara Chomicz, Edmee Sierts, Daryl Walker, Andy, Kirstin Gribbin, Mel Hamilton, Donna McGowan and Elli Wilson.
Makeup artists and hair stylists: Lesley Docherty (Headstrong), Katie Ford, Melanie Watson, Caroline Stewart, Cassie Todd, Mera Finlayson, Jillian Elizabeth, Annie Duncan, Aileen Wallace, Lana Cairns, Jay Campbell, LadyJane Hair, June Long, Rachel Gallagher and Elle McMillan.
Bands: The Tragic City Thieves.
Stylists: Roisin Feguson and Jacki Sophia Clarke.